William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Wednesday, 31, August, 2011

Graduate School #2

Filed under: Forensics,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 14:08

Cause, Manner, and Mechanism of Death.

I Introduction
A. Definitions
1. Cause—That injury or illness that was incompatible with life
2. Mechanism—How the cause was incompatible with life.
3. Manner—How the cause came about
4. What, How, and Why

B. Why is this important?
1. Double indemnity
2. Insurance policies
3. Criminal penalties

II. Cause of Death

A. That injury or illness that was incompatible with life

B. Examples
1. Gunshot wound of head
2. Hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
3. Group A β-hemolytic Streptococcus sepsis
4. Blunt impacts to head with skull and brain injuries.

III. Mechanism of Death
A. Process

IV. Manner of Death
A. How the cause came about
B. Five manners of death
C. Violent vs. Natural
D. Accident, Suicide, Homicide
E. Undetermined
F. No value judgment
G. No Dumbicide, more’s the pity

V. Causation and temporal delay

A. Proximate cause
B. “But-for” causation
C. Time delay

VI. Cases

1 Comment »

  1. Your classes look quite interesting.
    When we are young, and education is there for the taking, and our only job is to learn as much as we can, we run from it as fast as we can. When we are older, and we need the knowledge we shunned when young, it is so difficult to acquire.

    Comment by Brian Parramore — Wednesday, 31, August, 2011 @ 14:25 | Reply

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